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NBA Playoffs Round One Recap For 4/19

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Celtics 72-Hawks 89: Shaking off a dismal performance in the playoff opener, Kyle Korver swished four 3-pointers in the opening minutes to propel Atlanta to a stunning 21-point lead before many fans had settled into their seats Tuesday night. There wasn’t much doubt after that, the Hawks cruising to an 89-72 victory and a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference series. Boston star Isaiah Thomas was held to 16 points on 4-of-15 shooting, going 1 of 6 beyond the arc. Marcus Smart stepped in for the injured Avery Bradley and went 1 of 11, also making just 1 of 6 from 3-point range. Additionally, Boston only scored 7 points in a opening quarter, the lowest allowed in the NBA Playoffs since the “Shot Clock Era” began.

Grizzlies 68-Spurs 94: Twelve years to the day after holding Memphis to franchise lows in total points and points in a quarter, San Antonio put another stranglehold on the Grizzlies. Patty Mills had 16 points, Kawhi Leonard added 13 and San Antonio never trailed in beating Memphis 94-68 on Tuesday night to sweep the first two games of the first-round series in imposing fashion. The Grizzlies’ lowest postseason production came two days after they suffered their largest postseason defeat. Tony Allen led Memphis with 12 points and Zach Randolph had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

 

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